Another World is Possible

From “Tidal” September 2012.  the Occupy magazine of theory and strategy.  Remember, just walk away!

First Communiqué


We are the 99%

We are the Invisible army of Defaulters.

We are millions. We are everywhere.

We are your neighbors. We are your family. Your friends.

We are going to bring this system to its knees.

We can, because we wield the one power that all the armies of the world can never defeat: the power of refusal.

This power has destroyed the mightiest empires the world has ever seen. All crumble and dissolve the moment enough


people simply withdraw their consent.

Not loudly. but quietly, covertly. The Roman


empire was destroyed not by barbarians,

but by draft evasion, tax evasion, and deser-

tion. Alexander and Napoleon’s armies

were stopped only when their own soldiers

refused to continue, or simply went home.

It wasn’t the Abolitionists who put an end to

slavery in America: it was the dogged and

ingenious resistance of millions of slaves,

from foot-dragging and flight to endless

acts of sabotage, that made the entire eco-

nomic system based on slavery untenable.

It was millions of acts of quiet refusal that

rendered all the Soviet Union’s tanks and

missiles and secret police powerless.

The same fate awaits the current system of

mafia capitalism in America, an economic

system driven by Wall Street CEOs who

produce nothing, contribute nothing, who

have bought our government and reduced

it into a criminal enterprise whose main pur-

pose is to support loan-sharking, gambling,

extortion, and the slow reduction of every

one of us into debt peons. We cannot stop

them through elections when both parties

are bought and paid for. One thing we can

do is to quietly withdraw our consent.

And so we have done. by refusing to pay the

money they claim we owe them.

We may be doing so covertly, we may not

yet dare to reveal our names and show our

faces, but do not doubt for a moment that

these millions of acts of refusal are, each

and every one of them, acts of profound

moral courage. All our lives we’ve been

told to pay our debts. That it doesn’t mat-

ter that the game is rigged and that it was

set up by liars and criminals. We are well

aware of the shame, the harassment, the

legal threats, humiliation, the sheer physi-

cal violence they will unleash on us. We are

willing to defy these threats, because in

the end, we know there’s something more

powerful than fear: and that is the love we

have for others. To be able to take care of

our children, our friends, our families, the

people that matter most to us, to learn, to

teach, to foster, to give to our communities,

is a value that no accountant can ever meas-

ure, that no government loan administrator

or hedge fund manager can ever have the

right to take away from us. every dollar we

take from a fraudulent subprime mortgage

speculator, every dollar we save from the

collection agency, is a tiny piece of our own

lives and freedom that we can give back

to our communities, to those we love and

we respect.

We are an army of lovers who cannot be defeated.

We are laying the groundwork for another world. §


2 responses to this post.

  1. I’m not sure if this was intended, but the formatting caused me to read that just like a poem and it really worked.


  2. It was unintended but I do find a lot of what is written by the Occupiers is poetic in it’s language.


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